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#21 deetooarruk


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Posted 03 March 2013 - 07:59 PM

The digital meter is calibrated from factory and comes with a solution sachet to re-calibrate it if neccesarry. The strips I have are some cheap generic narrowband strips (pH 5.5 to pH 9.0). The universal indicator I have is also narrowband - for use with aquarium water testing (pH 5.5 to pH 11.0. I'm looking at a book of strips at the moment, might buy some and see if the digital meter (which seems to be quite accurate). As much as I'd like to use neat tap water, I wanted to make the water last longer in the waterfall-come-jacuzzi. Thanks Jessie, I'm going to have to look at other means to monitor water pH. I'm just struggling a bit at the moment, as with 3 different methods of pH detection, they all seem to give readings that aren't near each other!!

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 10:40 AM

Have u thought of using boiled cooled tap water as any microbes, and hardnesswill be removed by this process? I think thepH meter is unreliable unless u cancalibrate it regularly, wedo ours before each use using buffers made up to set pH, good luck which everway you choose, hows the cat?

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Posted 28 July 2013 - 10:33 AM

Hey all,


It has been a while since I've been here.... Speedy has a weepy eye right now :(


I'm treating it with salt water and just yesterday/this morning, I've seen a massive improvement. :D

The swelling on his lower eyelid has gone down, and it's not weeping as

So, the Jacuzzi is drained and out of bounds and emergency cleanout Friday morning.


By process of elimination, the infection could have been located to the Jacuzzi.

As Speedy uses this quite a lot, both as a bath and toilet, he may have got the infection from there.

The water temperature only goes to 30c - a perfect temperature to breed bacteria.

I clean and change the water every 7-9 days.


Plan of Action:

1) Add a pre-filter to lower the amount of mud that enters the bio filter;

2) Add a post-bio filter UV sterilizer to control any bacterial matter in the water that the bio filter may not have broken down.


...and if it re-occurs, the Jacuzzi may have to be removed. :'(

Speedy loves it and can be found splashing about and making a muddy puddle in there!! Now, he just keeps going in and out of the dry pool and putting his head down :(


Chester (our cat that got run over) has made a fantastic recovery, considering £4,500 was spent repairing his:

Shattered Hip, Pelvic Fractures, and Shattered Right Tibia. His right leg sticks out when he sits, but this can be repaired (when the insurance is renewed :D). He's walking and running around, climbing and playing with Billy (the older cat) like it never happened.


I would like to thank all the staff at Langford University Animal Hospital and highly recommend them for all animals. They have some of the best equipment and experienced/specialised veterinarians in the country. When none of the other animal hospitals would touch Chester's injuries, they opened the door and performed a miracle, seeming as half way through the main operation found the shattered tibia - if they had found it before, they would have had to put him to sleep. The Surgeon told us that they had never performed such a complex procedure as they did on Chester and as a result of their hard efforts, he has become a case study for students to learn from.


I need to finish the doors and re-seal the levels as they dried and contracted - there's mud on the lounge floor... Oops.

I also need to make the user interface idiot-proof.


And... I have been looking at taking Speedy 'off-grid' with a solar-power system... Maybe in a few months when funds become available :D


If anyone needs help with the electrical side of looking after tortoises (lights, fans, heaters, timers etc...) just drop me a PM.


Jay. :)

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Posted 28 July 2013 - 02:00 PM

Would be very interested in any solar powered lighting options. Obviously not needed at this time of year when all torts are best outdoors anyway, with their own solar power ;) It would be useful at either end of the season though.

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